What’s the Deal with Down and Duvets?

by Yasmine Sayid

Standing in Bed, Bath and Beyond with huge bundles of bedding surrounding me and throw pillows everywhere, I ask myself, “what’s the deal with downs and duvets?” I wanted something to keep warm, but not overheat me; something easy to wash and not too bulky. Well, fall is here- trees are changing colors, a chill is in the air and somehow the smell of cinnamon is everywhere. It’s time to get comfortable and I’m going to explain the difference so that you can sleep soundly this chilly fall. 

Let’s start with Duvets.

According to Boll & Branch, a sustainable home decor company, “duvets are ultra-plush quilts that come with down, feathers or synthetic fibers.” Duvets are made to have a protective covering over it, known as the duvet cover. This allows the decorator to change the look for the bed set anytime they choose. Think of the duvet like a pillow with the cover being the pillowcase. 

Now onto comforters!

Boll & Branch say, “comforters are made from two layers of quilting material that are stitched together and filled with down, feathers or synthetic fibers.” Comforters are normally less bulky because there is not as much fluff inside. Unlike duvets, comforters do not require covers. Comforters often come in a “bed-in-a-bag” combo to allow for a complete uniform look throughout the room, as you can’t change the design of the comforter. 

Does it keep me warm?

Both duvets and comforters will keep you warm and cozy this fall. Depending on your desired level of comfort, comforters bring a layer of super coziness that is not too bulky, allowing and sometimes necessitating layers of throw blankets. However, if that is not your thing, duvets keep you warm and snug without the overheating of layering. 

Does it make the room look “put together”?

Duvets are lightweight, but between the duvet and the duvet cover, it can keep you warm without having extra blankets on your bed. Comforters allow your bed to look extra inviting if that is the look you are going for by layering blankets. 

Which is more cost-efficient?

Both duvets and comforters can be expensive, including the price of down and feathers as well as the materials the quilting is made from. With duvets, shoppers will need to buy the insert and one or multiple covers, depending on the versatility they want. As for comforters, it is normally a  better deal when shoppers buy the combo packages, occasionally including throw pillows, pillowcases and the comforter. 

Are they easy to clean?

Duvet inserts need to be dry cleaned which can be costly, however, this only needs to be done every couple of years as it will be covered. Washing the cover is as easy as washing your sheets. Comforters need to be washed as needed and spot cleaned as they are not protected by a cover.

I hope that you have more knowledge about your options for staying warm and snuggly this chilly season up here in the mountains. Whether you like layering and snuggling up or like a light-weight yet warm alternative, between comforters and duvets, there’s something for everyone to love.

Stay warm! XO


A version of this originally appeared in “Comfort” The Teller November 2019 Issue #8

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